Determined to Believe is written for those who are interested in or even troubled by questions about God's sovereignty and human freedom and responsibility.
John Lennox writes in the spirit of helping people to get to grips with the biblical treatment of this issue for themselves. In this comprehensive review of the topic of theological determinism, Lennox seeks firstly to define the problem, looking at the concepts of freedom, the different kinds of determinism, and the moral problems these pose. He then equips the reader with biblical teaching on the topic and explores the spectrum of theological opinion on it.
Following this Lennox delves deeper into the Gospels and then investigates what we can learn regarding determinism and responsibility from Paul's discussion in Romans on God's dealings with Israel. Finally Lennox tackles the issue of Christian assurance.
This nuanced and detailed study challenges some of the widely held assumptions in the area of theological determinism and brings a fresh perspective to the debate.
This has to be one of the most significant books written in Britain over the last few years. John Lennox has dared to tackle what is becoming a cultic imposition of a theological system upon Scripture, which has had such a detrimental effect on evangelism in our land. He has gone through the system point by point and sought to bring us back to Scripture. It is a must read for every Christian leader.
What can I say. Not for the faint hearted but it does make a difficult topic accessible for the interested reader. It is very wide ranging in its scope and John Lennox is always excellent in explaining terminology rather than taking for granted that everyone is familiar with theological terms. While it doesn't offer a solution to the seeming contradiction of holding to free will and election at the same time, it nevertheless points up the unacceptable outcome for the gospel of holding to an extreme deterministic position. Not a book you are likely to master in one sitting!
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